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Paradise Theatre Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 25 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GBW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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1. A.D. 1928
2. Rockin' The Paradise
3. Too Much Time On My Hands
4. Nothing Ever Goes As Planned
5. The Best Of Times
6. Lonely People
7. She Cares
8. Snowblind
9. Half-Penny, Two-Penny
10. A.D. 1958
11. State Street Sadie

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Their all-time biggest hit: the 1981 #1 LP that stayed on the charts an incredible 61 weeks! This is the Styx classic with the smashes The Best of Times and Too Much Time on My Hands plus the hit Nothing Ever Goes As Planned .

One album before Styx cut loose with an honest-to-goodness concept album, Kilroy Was Here, they flirted with the idea on Paradise Theater. The concept here has something to do with the decline of America in the '70s, based on the condemnation and destruction of the Paradise Theater, a famous showplace in the band's hometown of Chicago. Truth be told, the concept hasn't held together that well, though the individual songs have, led by the optimistic ballad "The Best of Times," and the rockers "Too Much Time on My Hands" and "Snowblind." Dennis DeYoung gives some of his most theatrical performances throughout, presaging his overly ambitious Kilroy concept, but also his successful run performing in the legitimate theater, as Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar. Paradise, meanwhile, was about as good as it got for Styx. --Daniel Durchholz

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Format: Audio CD
I would say that 1981 had something great and that would be the release of Paradise Theater.

Styx has a great comeback from what I would say was a lacking release the 2 years previous, Cornerstone.

Track 1, A.D. 1928
Dennis De Young starts off on vocals with a player piano backing him which fades into;

Track 2, Rockin' The Paradise

Singing about how "our generation" need to look to the future, and that with determination, cheating the "schemers who cheat all the rules" and fighting back against (white collar) corruption can advance the country.

Track 3, Too Much Time On My Hands

It starts out with a wicked synth slide downwards and then into the main deep beat. Chuck's bass comes in following with John on the drums. Tommy breaks in talking about how he's so bored with life and is suprised he's not crazy. The chorus "is it any wonder I've got to much" *CLAP* *CLAP* time on my hands" became (and still is) one of those things that when it's played live, you clap because it's such a fun song.

We get a wonderful guitar solo break coming back into the final verses and then the "wind down" clock rings fade the song out.

Track 4, Lonely People

I would say this is one of the "weaker" songs on the album. I love a lot of Styx songs and this by far is still up there but I would say I prefer to listen to others before this one.

A common theme in a lot of the songs on this album include some Saxophone and Horns playing and we get that here, first the song openes with a nice bass and guitar track, and Dennis comes in on vocals.
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Styx's tenth album Paradise Theatre, which was released in February of 1981, was the band's first of two concept albums in a row. Keyboardist/vocalist/chief songwriter Dennis DeYoung used the old Chicago Paradise Theatre as a metaphor for the downfall and decline of America during the late 1970s. As a result, this album gave the band their one and only US #1 album(where it reigned for three weeks) and their fourth consecutive Triple Platinum album in a row. Dennis' keyboards and vocals dominate on this album. His contributions which he wrote and sang were the opening AD 1928, Nothing Ever Goes as Planned, the #3 hit The Best of Times(a major reason why this album sold as well as it did), Lonely People, the album's reprise AD 1958 and the outro State Street Sadie. Dennis also co-wrote the hard rocking Rockin' the Paradise(which he sang lead on) with guitarists/vocalists James "JY" Young and Tommy Shaw and Snowblind(with JY and Tommy on lead vocals and Tommy wrote some lyrics as well but decided not to take credit). The latter track caused controversy with its supposed backward masking and people like left and right wing folk like Jerry Falwell and Tipper Gore's PMRC branded Styx as Satanic and evil(gimme a break!). Tommy also contributed the album's other Top 10 hit Too Much Time on My Hands and the melodic She Cares. JY also contributed the scathing rocker Half Penny Two Penny which had a line about Mrs Cleaver(and it was Eldridge Cleaver and not the Beaver as some fans think). This album is a great Styx album and is arguably one of their best albums of the classic era. I actually liked every album they did on A&M. This album still holds up even today. Paradise Theatre is recommended!
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"Paradise Theater" is, unfortunately, one of the few Styx albums that a majority of critics and musical historians will give a positive mention. It marked both the height of the band's creativity, and a time when their musical stance was as follows: an arena "corporate rock" group (that is, a band that fans love but critics hate) that managed to touch prog/art-rock themes without crossing the border into full-blown theatrics. And sure enough that stance would change when Styx released their next album, the brilliant but much-abhored "Kilroy Was Here," which found them staring into the barrels of critics who deemed their bloated use of the concept album "absurd."
Using the neglect and eventual destruction of Chicago's "Paradise Theater" as its extended metaphor, Dennis DeYoung and crew offer a solid portrait of the decline of American values, with a longing for better days (the enduring ballad 'The Best Of Times,' 'A.D. 1928'), placed in perfect tune with more blistering songs like 'Rocking the Paradise' and 'Snowblind.' The biggest hit from "Paradise Theater," guitarist Tommy Shaw's 'Too Much Time On My Hands,' can be seen as the anthem for aimless, unfocused teenagers.
All told, "Paradise Theater" is the Styx album that new fans should hear first. It boasts all of the ingridients that make Styx such a truly unique band to this day--pompous stadium-filling rock matched with artsy conceptual theatrics.
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By A Customer on Oct. 1 2002
Format: Audio CD
The album has a lot of variety. I don't like all the songs and Best Of Times, the main hit off this album, I always thought was a bit mediocre. It sounds good but is kind of boring. Lonely people is one of those annoying Styx songs that is all over their list of albums. However, I like Styx and most of their albums have had enough good or great songs to get them by. This album is the same. Snowblind used to be my favorite off this album but through the years, my favorite has become the song She Cares. Yes, the same one the other reviewer said no one he knows ever liked. I believe him. This song is plain but I just love the melody and I love Tommy Shaw's voice. It's smooth but I wish his high notes sounded stronger. They don't because he doesn't have the chops to do it. He was smart in not trying too hard and sticking to his range. Dennis does the great vocal range he has always had but his timbre was never to my taste--good enough, though. I had the cassette then bought the CD when it came out. The CD's worth it. Get it.
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